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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Instantly Beautified With Clarins



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As you guys know very well, I belong to the unfussy club. I hate it when things are too complicated, I really dislike complicated processes, and I am highly averse to anything finicky. Especially when it comes to style and beauty. Call me boring, but I like to think of it as pragmatic. And most of all, efficient.

Seriously though, riddle me this: why make things complicated when they can be simple? Exactly.

That's why I was super keen on this new project. Clarins challenged me to create a beauty look using some of their cosmetics from their #instantbeautyperfectors, the whole premise tying into looking beautiful and put-together when you just realistically don't have much time to dedicate to a huge makeup routine every morning.

It was without an ounce of hesitation that I promptly accepted the mission, duh. Rushing? No time? Still cares about one's appearance? That is my jam, yo!


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It actually took me no more than 5 minutes to put this makeup look together, and the results were pretty darn fresh. First I'll give you a breakdown of what I used, then I'll show you the full reveal at the bottom.

Here's how it went:

1. Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
I've never seen a cream like this, it was like a velvety concoction on my skin that fixed all of its visible flaws and made the application of foundation more flawless. Wow.

2. The Instant Light Brush-On Perfector
A concealer that also illuminates? Sign me up! Applied this under my eyes for a brightening look, which surprisingly (and delightfully) made me look more awake.

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3. Face Contouring Palette
Full disclosure: I'm not the best at contouring. I always seem to get it wrong, and now I know why - I think it's all in the brush. This palette comes with a brush that has a shape I've never seen before, but it turned out to be the most ideal configuration to sweep your face from every angle. The compact has 3 colors: a lighter shade for illumination, a bronze shade for contouring, and then a blush color for your apples. Basically the perfect 3-part formula to add dimension to your face.

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4. Supra Volume Mascara
Oooooohhh kayyyyy. You guys. I've been using this mascara for a couple of weeks now and it's a total game-changer. Take my word for it, I am absolutely obsessed.

5. Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
Last but ever so not least, a pretty peachy glimmery shade that comes in a cushiony stick for a flawless application to complete the whole thing. I felt oh so like a better version of little old me.

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The combo of these 5 items are everything I love in makeup: natural, light, looking like myself only better, and super quick and practical to get me out the door in a flash in the morning. At night I would add a stroke of liner from the 4-Colour All-in-One Pen, which has 4 different crayon hues to choose from, one of them actually being a lip liner (how retro).

Here's how it all looked after applying all five above mentioned products:

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Side note: I've also been using the Hydra-Essential cream that I previously talked about, every single day, and it's everything I've ever dreamed of in a moisturizer. My skin is super happy.

*Disclaimer* Clarins has generously provided the products for this sponsored post and I cannot wait to use them all up!


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

V Is for Versatility

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The best pieces you'll ever have in your wardrobe are the ones that can play multiple roles. Those are my personal favs because their versatility means that you can wear them on repeat without feeling repetitive.

That's precisely why I can't get enough of this Cienne dress. Is it a dress? Or a tunic? It's both! It can be worn with pants, layered over a shirt, on its own, tied in the front, or in the back. It's as much a summer piece as it is a winter one, case in point: these photos.

The kicker? It can also be dressed up or dressed down, making it pretty much one of the most perfect garments I own. Can't wait to wear it in the summer without long sleeves and some vans.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Favorite Things: Glossier Edition


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You guys probably all know by now that I am a Glossier girl 😀👋 (click the link in the right hand side column to shop with me!). I talked about here and here, and I keep being excited to rep for a brand that I'm really, really keen on.

I do get a ton of questions about what my favorites are and requests for recommendations (keep 'em coming!), so I figured I would list a a few of my top products here with a quick explanation for why they're on regular rotation. Don't forget that when you shop with me you'll get 20% off and free shipping on your first order ☺️.

MEGA GALAXY GREENS AND MOISTURIZING MOON MASK
I'm obsessed with masking, it's true. I blame it on aging, but it's also part of my holistic approach. These 2 masks fulfill different complexion needs that will leave your skin feeling super happy. The Moon Mask is a shot of hydration that makes your skin bright and soft, while the Mega Galaxy Greens is purifying and vitamin-filled. I use both about twice a week.

MILKY JELLY
Confession: I was actually skeptical of this product before trying it. As a person who has been inflicted with not-so-great, ultra sensitive skin since I hit puberty (ugh), it takes a lot for me to stray from my tried and true cleansers. The slightest deviation can wreak immediate havoc. WELL. Let me tell you. This is my #1 favorite Glossier product of all time. It is simply amazing, I cannot stress it enough. It's soooo gentle, it removes eye makeup, which eliminates the makeup remover step, and it leaves the skin as soft as a baby's bottom and clear clear clear, bright bright bright (like a diamond! ok maybe not). I never break out when I'm using this cleanser, but more miraculous even is that I always get compliments on my skin, which, let me tell you is not something I ever thought I would experience. It feels great.

*NOTE: I must reiterate that this is my #1 favorite product in all of the line. I cannot recommend it enough!

BOY BROW
I have tried my fair share of eyebrow gels. Those things flake, or they're not thick enough and don't tame anything. Boy Brow is quite the opposite - it's basically perfect. The tint is not aggressive (I use the blond shade after I pencil them in with the Bobbi Brown brow pencil), and it provides long-lasting texture for your brows to frame your face as they were meant to do. This product is a game changer, especially now that they just came out with a clear version. Glossier answering all of your prayers, left right and center.

*NOTE: this is my #2 favorite product in all of the line. Can't live without it.

HALOSCOPE
I'm obsessed with dewy skin and that's exactly what the Haloscope shades provide. I use all of them, including this holiday season's Moonstone (sadly, no longer available). The Topaz is slightly more like a bronzer, which I use in the crease of my cheeks as an attempt at a dewy contour, and then slather the rest of my face angles in the the lighter shades. I also gloss it over my collar bone, by breast bone, and I can't wait to extend that to my arms once summer comes back.

BALM DOT COM
This universal skin salve is my ultimate salvation. Hehe. For real though, not only is it the most ideal lip goo to keep your pout soft and plump, but as its tag line would suggest, it's pretty universal. I smother it on my elbows, feet, hands and over my knuckles when they crack in the wintertime for an instant remedy. In fact, as a lip color, I like to use Haloscope (in whatever shade I fancy at the time, they all work), topped with balm dot com. My favorite flavors are the coconut and the rose. So good.

PRIMING MOISTURIZER RICH
Holy heaven scent sent! This cream is everything. It's über rich without being oily and overbearing, it has a soothing and oh so subtle lavender smell, it literally makes you glow upon application, and despite its thickness, it still ultimately preps your skin for makeup. That said, I do like to use it as a night cream. Did I mention it makes you glow?

I have other favorite in the line (see: Super Bounce + Super Pure serums, Perfecting Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, Generation G in Cake), but what you see above are my ultimate must-haves. What you should get if you're only getting introduced to Glossier. Also note that I'm much more skincare-focused than makeup-oriented. As I mention in my intro video, I have a very holistic approach to beauty and skincare, and firmly believe that how you feel on inside is reflected on the outside. Treat yourself well and it will show on your face!

Now time to try all the products (with 20% off + free shipping on your first order) and let me know which ones are your favorite too. 🤗

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sweet Child of Mine

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Well, if there ever was a 90s look to shoutout GnR, this is it. I always find the cycle of fashion fascinating, and I definitely would have worn this circa 1997, even though I was far more grungy at the time than what this ensemble conjures. In fact, I feel like this whole vibe is a proper marriage of the Craft meets Empire Records.

The trick with trend revivals is to reference the era of choice by incorporating modern updates. Costumes aren't cute unless it's Halloween, honey. For example: my vintage 501s, dark lip and newsboy cap feel throwback, but my sweater and boots properly anchor me in 2017.

Got a favorite decade to pull inspiration from?

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Everlane sweater
Levi's jeans
Loeffler Randall booties
Brixton hat
NARS lipstick in LaPaz
Static Nails in Hard as Stone
Bottega Veneta bag


Photos by Allie Mackin.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Heroin Is Not Chic

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If there ever was an important blog post, this is the one.

You see my t-shirt? It says heroin is not chic. In fact, it's straight up devastating. Did you know that drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the US?

The heroin epidemic picks up steam every year and has reached monumental proportions. If you're not personally affected by the opioid crisis, than I guarantee that you know someone who is.

I feel privileged to have the podium to spread the word about this terrible thing that ruins not only the lives of those who fall victim, but that also destroys families and tears apart friendships.

Support the cause by getting your very own (and very chic!) Heroin Is Not Chic gear, by donating, or by reading up on it and taking action.

Because "there is no face of heroin, it faces us all."

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Photographed by Yael Steren.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

When Winter Attacks, Clarins Has Your Back

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You guys, I'm about to blow your doors off with this beauty post today. Because I come bearing skin salvation on this frigid January day.

We all know this to be true: one of the major universal skin woes experienced by every woman that lives in a 4 season climate is directly caused by cold weather. The wacky temperature plunges that occur once we get into the thick of winter can wreak serious havoc on a girl's complexion, especially so if you have sensitive skin like myself. And because I originally hail from the Great White North (that's Canada, fyi), I can unequivocally say that I've been dealing with this predicament for, well, all of my life.

And through the years, I've kind of become a pro at finding solutions. *clears throat*

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But first, let's get deeper into what the problem is. Dry skin. Ugh, I know - it's the worst. Rough patches, dehydration, dullness. I've been through it all. And let's not get into how things just kind of get worse as you age, not to mention that it's all amplified through air travel, something I do a lot of. But while it can be tempting to hit the panic button when the mercury throws in a few fun thermic shocks here and there, the key is to remain calm and find crisis mode remedies.

And ladies, I have got the ultimate one - take that, Mother Nature.

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The one thing the skin needs in dire times like these is a solid cure that will turn into a long-term solve.

My answer is the Clarins Hydra-Essential moisturizer and serum set. It remedies to all of the above thanks to its ability to activate the skin's natural hydration, as well as enables it to protect itself from all those insanely temperamental weather fluctuations. Not to mention that pesky pollution we expose ourselves to every single day, thank you New York City.

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How's that for a major skin miracle therapy?

Now pair that with all your new year's good intentions of living a healthy lifestyle, and you and your complexion are off to the races.

I know mine is.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana